IPL 2021 – Punjab Kings Shahrukh Khan: 3-4 minutes of time at Indian Premier League (IPL) auction table can make someone a millionaire. The same thing happened with Tamil Nadu’s M Sharukh Khan who was snapped by Punjab Kings in a bidding war for staggering at 5.25 Cr. Sharukh spoke to InsideSport and narrated his journey and ride of emotions he went through those 4 minutes of IPL Auction.
Who is Shahrukh Khan? Tamil Nadu’s M Shahrukh Khan is an established figure in India’s domestic cricket circle. He is no Sanju Samson who would score record-breaking knocks, turn everyone’s heads and then will be silent with his willow. The 25-year-old has rather remained aloof from the hullabaloo of such fancy knocks. Rather, he concentrated on his batting, taking his state Tamil Nadu to two Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy titles, playing as a lower middle-order hard-hitter, who could get the job done.
His knocks have most often resulted in Tamil Nadu winning matches. In the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy last month, Khan played three knocks — 18 runs off 10 balls, 18 off seven, and 40 off 19 — all of them resulted in TN. In the last Vijay Hazare Trophy, the power-hitter was TN’s most destructive weapon at the lower middle order.
But all he has been known for is his name that he was given after the Bollywood superstar. That changed on Thursday when he became one of the costliest domestic uncapped players to be picked from the Indian Premier League auction. Priced at Rs 20 lakh, he was sold to Punjab Kings for a staggering Rs 5.25 crore, thus, completing the Veer Zaara story, reuniting with Preity Zinta (Zaara) as the social media referred to.
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Sharukh spoke to InsideSport and narrated his journey and ride of emotions he went through those 4 minutes of IPL Auction: After a bidding war between Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore, Punjab joined the fray only when his price made it to Rs 2.4 crore but RCB stayed with him until the end before Zinta’s franchise snapped him up. She was excited but like Shahrukh bats, he kept his composure while watching the auction with his TN teammates in the team bus. As the bids began going up for the youngster, his teammates clapped and cheered every bid. Video footage of the moment was later posted by Kolkata Knight Rider batsman and his TN skipper Dinesh Karthik.
“I did expect to be picked up but I was a little nervous. But as the first bid went up I calmed down and I was just happy after that,” Khan told InsideSport.co from Indore, where he is with the TN squad to play in the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
“I am happy with the price I was picked at but the most important thing is that I have got a franchise and will get to show my skill set,” he added.
At Rs 5.25 crore, Khan became one of the costliest uncapped players to be picked from the auction. However, with every fat cheque, comes the sheer pressure to perform and living up to the expectation. In the past, many cricketers had failed to deliver after getting a big amount. Varun Chakravarthy, who was the costliest uncapped player at Rs 8.4 crore in 2018, had a poor outing for Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings). But Khan does not want to get into the money game.
“It is good to be picked for such price but I am not thinking too much about it,” Khan said. Instead, playing for Punjab under India opener KL Rahul’s captaincy and former India skipper and coach Anil Kumble’s tutelage is what excites him. He had a trial with Punjab this season apart from KKR and Rajasthan.
“To be coached by Anil Kumble sir is really a good feeling. That apart, I will be playing under KL Rahul. I will get to learn a lot from him. It will be a great ride for me,” said Khan. But unlike many others, he doesn’t want to try something unorthodox and get change his game. Rather, he would stick to what he has learnt over the years and improve those skills like power-hitting.
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